In an interview with Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday morning, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said he would press Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to stop holding up President Trump’s nominees.
Hewitt asked Coons if he would urge Schumer to hold a vote for former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Richard Grenell, Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Germany. The senator from Delaware said the process to get the Senate to vote on Grenell “dragged on far too long.”
“We have more than 25 critical nations – South Korea, for example, South Africa, Germany, obviously, where we do not have an ambassador,” Coons said. “When I’ve traveled to countries where we don’t have an ambassador, it makes a real difference in terms of the level of our relationship and their ability to effectively represent us.”
“I’ll be glad to press for Grenell to get a vote,” he said. “He shouldn’t have any country without an ambassador, but that’s a major European power.”
Democrats have been stonewalling a vote on Grenell’s confirmation. On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said he refuses to schedule or vote for nominees due to Trump’s tweets he says were “attacking both prominent Democratic and prominent Republican women.”